Gösta Kruse , circus elephant trainer in France
Born 1927-08-15 in Sweden
dead 1973-06-22 in France
, son of animal trainer Theodor Kruse .
Kruses father was horse trainer and stable master at Trolle Rhodins Zoo Circus in Sweden. Theodor Kruse
died during the tour in Istanbul, Turkey in july 1954.
1945 Trolle Rhodin Sr.
bought the two elephants Birka and Safari.
Gösta Kruse started 1945, 18 years old, working with the two new bought elephants Birka and Safari at Trolle Rhodins Zoo Circus, where he was trained by Hugo Schmitt,
who stayed with Zoo Circus 1944-1947 with five elephants from Circus Hagenbeck.
Gösta Kruse with the two elephants Birka and Safari, owned by Trolle Rhodin Sr..
In 1951 Kruse took over the elephants from John Gindl as head elephant trainer on Bertram Mills circus, where also the young animal trainer Joan Fowles worked, and she started to assist Gösta Kruse in the training of the elephants.
Four year old Hilary Yelding
with elephant Patho, at right elephant trainer Gösta Kruse, at Bertram Mills Circus, 1953
In 1955 they married, and the wedding and couple riding elephants from church can be seen on Video.
Gösta Kruse Born: 1927-08-15